Sunday Sewing

Back in May, I went to JoAnn’s and bought two yards of a gorgeous dark plum linen fabric. I was planning on making a top out of it. I even had a pattern in mind. I had plans. I was going to have an adorable top and soon.

Ahem. Some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend. Legend became myth. And for two and a half thousand years-or for two months, the fabric and pattern passed out of all knowledge. Until, when chance came, the ring ensnared a new bearer…or I finally remembered that I wanted to make a really cute dark purple top.

And with that memory came motivation. I was going to do this. In fact, I was going to do the whole thing in one day. And then, while I was at it, I was going to use the leftover fabric (the pattern only uses about a yard and a half) to make a cowl.

I got home from church around 1:30pm. I took this picture around 5:30pm.

This is what winning really looks like.

The caption says it all. This, Charlie Sheen, is winning. Winning is making a new top (including modifying the pattern and putting in a zipper) and a new cowl…all in under four hours.

The cowl was SUPER easy.

That’s about a yard and a half of fabric folded in half with two seams…looped around my neck twice. Classy.

And the cowl actually looks good with the top I’m wearing today…which is an unexpected bonus. (I am not, however, wearing it at the moment. Ninety-three degrees Fahrenheit is a bit too hot for a linen cowl.)

And then there’s my new top.


I modified the pattern slightly from its original decision. The pattern was designed to have a side zipper. I didn’t like the idea of having a zipper in my armpit, so I cut the back out differently that directed and put the zipper in the center back instead of in the side. Also, I used a 7″ zipper instead of a 12″ zipper. This appears to be working out just fine for me.

Also, I added two ties to make the top a little more fitted. I really like this addition.

Back view…including back zipper and ties

Now I need some excuses to wear these two new gorgeous additions to my wardrobe. Maybe a brief vacation next weekend to the setting of Somewhere in Time could help?

But right now I need to try to finish knitting a sweater and a cowl by Thursday evening. Bring on the coffee…and watching Inspector Lewis with Momsy…

(P.S. Bonus points if you can find my modification of a Lord of the Rings quote…we all know how much I love to modify things.)


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